Q: My parent was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease based on dementia symptoms. Ive done some research and I dont think it is Alzheimers. Could my parent have been misdiagnosed? Do we need to consult a Georgia medical malpractice attorney?
A:Dementia may, but does not necessarily, mean that a person has Alzheimer’s. Other conditions, such as Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus or NPH have similar symptoms. Yet, the treatment and prognosis of NPH and Alzheimer’s is very different. NPH is typically treatable. Alzheimer’s is not.
If you think that your parent has been misdiagnosed, then it is important to get a second medical opinion quickly. Accompany your parent to the appointment and explain your concerns to the doctor. Ask the doctor if he or she has considered other diagnoses and how those diagnoses were ruled out.
Even when you advocate and fight for a proper diagnosis, sometimes it comes too late. Your loved one has already been harmed and your whole family is suffering from an incorrect diagnosis that may have been preventable had your parent’s doctor exercised reasonable care in making a diagnosis.
If this has happened to your family, then it is important to contact an experienced Georgia medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. Your Georgia medical malpractice lawyer will investigate what happened and, if medical malpractice likely occurred, your lawyer will fight hard for your recovery.
To learn more about medical malpractice in Georgia, please read our FREE book: Why Did this Critical Medical Error Happen to Me and please call our Georgia medical malpractice law firm at 1.770.518.1133 to discuss your family’s potential case.